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Old 04-24-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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This is my first time posting here or on any tech forum, for that matter. Anyway, for the past few days I have been unable to open virtually any executable file on my computer, which runs on XP Media Center Edition. I have no success with anything in normal mode and can only open Internet Explorer in safe mode. Whenever I attempt to open a file, the task manager shows the file djq.exe appearing instead, which consumes a considerable amount of memory. After a second or two, djq.exe disappears and nothing has opened.

I am assuming that this is the work of a virus or spyware, but I am unable to take any course of action, as this is preventing me from running any anti-virus or anti-spyware software, accessing options on the control panel, running a system restore, or even opening the command window. I'd rather not have to reinstall XP again.

Any assistance on this matter would be greatly appreciated! I also apologize if my post failed to meet any conventions or norms of the forum, and I'd be glad to supplement it with any necessary information.
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